Apple Cider and Cranberry Sangria



If any of you know me at all, I’m not a big cocktail drinker. Sure, I enjoy a mojito or a martini every once in a while, but I think the title of my blog says it all. I tend to lean towards beer: really good craft beer. Sangria is different though; and although I predominately lean towards beer, I do love wine as well. My sister, Kara, will be visiting for Thanksgiving. Although she is very slowly getting into craft beer, I wanted to make something that she would enjoy. Sangria isn’t just for the summer time. You can really make it any time of year, and with the right ingredients you can make it as Thanksgiving(y) or as Christmas(y) as you like. This sangria combines some of my favorite flavors: apple, cranberry and pear; and it is the perfect little addition to your Thanksgiving (or your Christmas) spread. If you love a good white sangria, then this recipe is most definitely for you.








First things first. Aren’t these the cutest little tumblers ever?! Ahh! World Market: $1.99 a piece. Get to it. You know you want to.

Weather: We got snow! Alert the media! It finally happened. It’s about time. Unfortunately, it is almost melted. Oh Colorado, you are so predictable.

What’s going on: I wasn’t really thinking early this afternoon when I actually decided to make the sangria. I didn’t think about the fact that someone would need to drink it. So here we are, and it’s 3:30 and I’ve already had half a pitcher. It should be a fantabulous night! Good thing it’s Saturday.

Recipe Fun Facts:

You can most certainly make this non-alcoholic, especially for my friends out there who are expecting. We most certainly can’t forget about you guys! I think this sangria is just as good without the wine. Instead of adding some pinot, replace it with extra club soda and apple cider. I like to go a little heavy on the cider because that’s the best part =).

If you will be adding wine, I also like using prosecco for this recipe. I love prosecco and because it is bubbly, you don’t need as much club soda. Win.

Also: raw sugar rim. Win.

Oh and also: rosemary sprigs dipped in sugar. Win. Win….Win.

Beer Love:

There will be no beer pairing on this one. Shame on you.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!





Apple Cider and Cranberry Sangria
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min

Apple Cider and Cranberry Sangria

This white apple cider and cranberry sangria is a must-have for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It is the perfect holiday cocktail!


  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced (skin left on)
  • 1 Gala apple, cored and diced (skin left on)
  • 1 Red Delicious apple, cored and diced (skin left on)
  • 1 Bartlett Pair, cored and diced (skin left on)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons (divided)
  • 7 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 bottle white wine (pinot grigio)
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (raw sugar)


  • In a large pitcher, combine the cranberries, apples, pear, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 rosemary sprig.
  • Pour in the liquid: pinot grigio, club soda and apple cider. Stir to combine.
  • Place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill for 1 - 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, fill a shallow bowl with warm water. Fill another shallow bowl with the remaining 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Gently dip the remaining rosemary sprigs in the water, and gently shake off any excess water. Dip the sprigs into the sugar and roll to coat. Shake off any excess sugar and set aside on a paper towel.
  • Set aside the shallow bowl of water, and fill yet another shallow bowl with the turbinado (or raw) sugar. Dip your glasses into the water and then dip into the raw sugar. Set aside.
  • When you are ready to serve. Pour the sangria (along with some of the fruit) into your glasses, garnish with the rosemary sprigs and enjoy!


Hardware: * Large Pitcher with Bar Spoon * Measuring Cups * Measuring Spoons * Sharp Knife * Cutting Board * Glasses * Shallow Bowls * Paper Towel * For a non-alcoholic version: Remove the pinot grigio and replace with club soda and apple cider vinegar. Chilling Time: 1 - 2 hours

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